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#501054 - 03/07/12 11:23 AM Diabetic train operator.
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On my way into work this morning, I observed the train operator of the train I was going to get on testing his blood sugar with a blood glucose meter. When I saw that, I refused to get on the train, and promptly called the TA's front office when I got to work. WHY DOES TA ALLOW DIABETICS TO RUN TRAINS???? They are a risk to the public and themselves, and should be reassigned to other duties.

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#501056 - 03/07/12 02:32 PM Re: Diabetic train operator. [Re: WalderRules]
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The MTA will take a diabetic RTO employee out of service. They test blood sugar levels amongst other things at an annual medical assessment once a year, sometimes every six months if doctor thinks employee is at high risk. Perhaps the employee has a medical assessment coming up and was checking to see if levels were high or not. Proactive is better than reactive.

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#501059 - 03/09/12 08:01 AM Re: Diabetic train operator. [Re: WalderRules]
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Once they are diagnosed, they should be immediately reassigned to a non-safety sensitive, non public contact position.

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#501061 - 03/10/12 02:03 AM Re: Diabetic train operator. [Re: WalderRules]
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Once diagnosed they are taken out of customer service usually reassigned to train yards with no public contact.

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#501062 - 03/10/12 08:19 AM Re: Diabetic train operator. [Re: WalderRules]
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Well this particular operator I saw was IN passenger service. If you are a diabetic, you should not be running a train ANYWHERE, yards, or otherwise!


Edited by WalderRules (03/10/12 08:20 AM)

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#501066 - 03/11/12 03:41 AM Re: Diabetic train operator. [Re: WalderRules]
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You said you saw the train operator testing his blood sugar, does being proactive and taking a test mean one has already tested positive? If someone is proactive about maintaing their weight at a certain level does getting on a scale mean they are instantly morbidly obese? Are you a doctor did you see the test results? Picture or it never happened.

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#501082 - 03/18/12 03:27 PM Re: Diabetic train operator. [Re: WalderRules]
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You don't know if the T/O was actually diabetic. Some people test their glucose levels when they are losing weight, or to prevent insulin resistance from eating too many carbs.
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#501090 - 03/19/12 10:01 AM Re: Diabetic train operator. [Re: WalderRules]
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The people who have their lives in my hands, should be in excellent physical condition. That means should they have diabetes, high blood pressure, wear glasses, or have any serious medical condition, they should NOT be in passenger service.


Edited by WalderRules (03/19/12 10:02 AM)

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#501092 - 03/19/12 10:46 AM Re: Diabetic train operator. [Re: WalderRules]
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Now you can't wear glasses??
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#501096 - 03/19/12 04:47 PM Re: Diabetic train operator. [Re: WalderRules]
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No--I do not feel confident if the operator in my train or bus is wearing glasses. They can be dropped, damaged or lost. I used to wear glasses, and had LASIK. Best thing I ever did! And it is now affordable.

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#501118 - 03/24/12 12:16 PM Re: Diabetic train operator. [Re: WalderRules]
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Originally Posted By: WalderRules
The people who have their lives in my hands, should be in excellent physical condition. That means should they have diabetes, high blood pressure, wear glasses, or have any serious medical condition, they should NOT be in passenger service.


What ???


Edited by dadbo46 (03/24/12 12:17 PM)

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#501119 - 03/24/12 12:20 PM Re: Diabetic train operator. [Re: WalderRules]
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That was a type, dadbo. It should have read the people who have my life in their hands. Sorry about that!

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